11th June 2016
“We got engaged on the Isle of Harris in October 2014. We were swimming in the sea – with wetsuits on, it was really cold! –and Adam jogged up the beach and came back into the sea with a ring. The ring is a band that splits into two pieces; the line that separates the pieces is shaped like the coastline of Harris.
We had our ceremony at the Secret Herb Garden. The idea of an intimate ceremony amongst the flowers and bumblebees with our friends and family peering through greenery sounded perfect to us. We moved on to the Strawberry Barn at Belhaven Fruit Farm for our reception. It’s afforable with lots of space, which meant we could invite everyone we wanted to with no tricky guest-list cuts.
The main theme of our wedding was bright summer colours: red, pink, yellow and turquoise. Our friends and family helped us personalise the day by making special decorations. We made 200 metres of bunting, 20 table runners, favours and giant balloon garlands. We also made wedding signs and huge LOVE letters from wooden palettes.
I had my dress altered to make a veil with the train. It worked perfectly because the colour and fabric were a perfect match. It was such a bargain too – the team at Rachel Scott Couture (where I bought my dress) just fixed a simple comb onto the ‘veil’ and adjusted the length.
Our photographer Emma Lawson really nailed it. We will treasure our photos and it was a genuine pleasure to have her there on the day along with her second shooter Kellee Quinn. They captured amazing moments and were a hit with the guests.”
Top tip: “Brides: get up and say a few words! I did and loads of people commented on how nice it was to have some gender equality in the speeches. If you think about it, given all the work that we put into other aspects of the wedding, it’s odd that we don’t hog the mic more.”
Dress Claire Pettibone at Rachel Scott Couture
Shoes Rachel Simpson
Groomswear Walker Slater
Flowers Jack Fleuriste
Cake Marks & Spencer with additional decoration by the bride
Transport Eve Coaches
Wedding website SquareSpace